Using Google Calendar to track and achieve your goals.

Using Google Calendars is not much different than using a physical paper Calendar… but, it is much more convenient for us in this day and age.

Google Calendar is something that I have found to be very useful in university (aka college) and in life.

  • I have made custom calendars, in relation to my goals (as recommended in the previous post, to track and achieve your goals).
  • I have set up free reminders (email and SMS… yes, that’s SMS on your phone!) to remind me about future events like exams, study periods, coming assignment due dates, and other important and fun stuff :/
  • Since Google Calendar is ‘in the cloud’, you can access it anywhere with internet connection – my house, uni library, my smartphone, at the cafe with wifi etc.

Best thing of all: it was easy… easy as pie my friends. Yum!

Bloody good lookin' pie

Bloody good lookin’ pie (Pie face)


How to use Google Calendar to help you track, and achieve your goals.

…aka, Goals? Track your Progress! Part Dos

Things you’ll need:

Step 1: Set up Google Calendar, to help you win.

Go to Google Calendar (link).

We want a month view for the reasons explained in the previous post. So click on ‘month‘ if it isn’t set to month.

Click 'Month' for the month view... which is what you want.

Click ‘Month‘ for the month view… which is what you want.

For each of your goals, create a new calendar:

On the left pane, click on the square...

On the left pane, click on that square…

... and then 'Create new calendar'.

… and then ‘Create new calendar‘. Magic.

In the ‘Create New Calendar‘ page, you’ll have to fill out the details for the new calendar… but we don’t have time to do all that.

Just fill out the name, and click  ‘Create Calendar’; the rest is optional.

Give your new 'calendar' a name, and then click 'Create calendar'.

Give your new ‘calendar’ a name, and then click ‘Create calendar’.

Now, you’ll be redirected back to your calendar, but now you’ll have a new ‘calendar’ under your list of calendars.

Remember, we want a colourful, visually appealing calendar for our benefit, so change the colour of that calendar to your liking.

Now we have a new 'calendar'... and you can change the colour of it.

Now we have a new ‘calendar‘ (named ‘Gym day”)… and you can change the colour of it.

Do this for all your different goals; make a calendar for each of your goals.

My Google Calendar, with multiple 'calendars' representing my goals.

My Google Calendar, with multiple calendars‘ , each representing a goal.

Now that we’ve got all our calendars sorted, we can start tracking our goals on Google Calendar, as well as set reminders!

 


Step 2: Add events.

To keep things simple, add things to your calendar for these two reasons:

  1. You have done something in relation to a goal (which is, of course, represented by some calendar that you have made in Step 1), and you want to log this down.
  2. You are planning something in relation to a goal, and want a remind for it.

To add events, simply click on the date in the calendar, write a short description (a few words), and select a ‘calendar‘ (that is, your goal) for your event.

Then click ‘Create event‘.

Adding an event to your calendar... Make sure to select the correct calendar!

Adding an event to your calendar… Make sure to select the correct calendar! Here, I am just adding an assignment due in the future.


Step 3: (Optional) Add reminders.

This is, in my opinion, the best feature of Google Calendar.

Have an important event coming up, like exams, assignments, or a date? Remind yourself, by getting free SMS reminder before the event!

To do this: (If you haven’t already,) Save your phone number to your Google account.

This is one way to do this:

  1. Click the gear icon at the top right > Settings.
  2. Click the Mobile Setup tab.
  3. Select your country from the Country drop down menu.
  4. Enter your phone number in the Phone number field.
  5. Select your carrier from the drop-down menu, if applicable.
  6. Click the Send Verification Code button.
  7. Once you receive the text message, enter the code you received in the Verification code field and click the Finish setup button.
  8. Click Save.  (Google Support).

To set reminders, click on an event in your calendar, and ‘Edit event‘.

...Just selecting an event, to edit it...

… just selecting an event, to edit it…

You’ll end up in this page below… and below the ‘Event color‘ selector, add a reminder, by clicking, ‘Add a reminder‘.

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… and now, you can add SMS and email reminders. Noice!

Select ‘SMS’ at the dropdown menu, and complete the other 2 parameters.

You can add more reminders if you want or need more.

fsd

I’ve added 5 SMS reminders, just in case I ignore the first 4, which I probably will. Then to save, I click… Save.

When you’re done, click on ‘Save‘ at the top of the page.

You’ll be redirected back to your calendar.

Done! 😀 Let me know if you are stuck!


 

Now, what was all this for again? – Each calendar represents a goal. You track you goals by adding a new event, every time you take action towards meeting that goal. Remember to look at you calendar, to remind yourself of your goals, and see which particular goals you need to focus on. More info here

Now I’m curious… what are your goals, and how do you keep track of them?

 

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